Midwest Radio

  • Sligo Rovers make the journey to the Ryan McBride Brandywell as they take on Derry City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division this evening.

    Sligo Boss Liam Buckley believes despite City’s track record his side can compete with any team in the league.

    Buckley says that he would like to go up to (Derry) and show a bit more of what his side can do and get the result.

    Elsewhere in Division One Galway United host Bray in Eammon Deacy Park.

    United will look to convert more of their goal chances after poor finishing in front of goals last week against Wexford.

    Both of those games kick-off at 7:45.

  • Sligo Rovers suffered a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Derry in the Ulster team’s home ground last night.

    After a delayed start due to a floodlight failure, Derry City were able to keep their hopes for European qualification alive.

    For Rovers it’s a disappointing defeat as they now look ahead to Bohemains next weekend.

    Derry City: P. Cherrie; J. McDonagh, D. Cole, A. Gilchrist, C. Coll; C. Harkin, G. Bruna, G. Sloggett (M. McCrudden 81), J. Ogedi-Uzokwe (D. McCauley 74); C. Davis (J. Malone 62); D. Parkhouse; Subs Not Used – N. Gartside, M. McChrystal, E. Stokes, J. Parke.

    Sligo Rovers: E. McGinty; J. Mahon, J. Dunleavy, K. Callan-McFadden, D. Kane; R. Murray (R. Donelon 73), D. Fordyce, S. Warde (K. Twardek 58), L. Banks; R. Coughlan, R. Parkes; Subs Not Used – L. Nicholas, B. Morley, L. Kerrigan, R. Smith, S. Lynch.

    Referee – Damien MacGraith.

  • The death has taken place of Sonny Knowles, the Dublin-born singer who rose to fame during Ireland's cabaret and showband era.

    Aged 86, he passed away peacefully at his home this morning surrounded by his family.

    Sonny's career spanned six decades and saw him perform as a member of the Johnny Butler Band, Earl Gill's Band, the Pacific Showband and Dermot O'Brien's showband.

    He is survived by his wife Sheila, their son Gary and daughters Aisling and Geraldine.

    Sonny Knowles, known as The Window Cleaner to his fans, was well-known as a saxaphone player before becoming a professional singer during the showband boom in the 1960's.

    He also presented a Sunday-morning show on Midwest Radio for a time in the early 1990's.

     

     

     

  • Donegal manager Declan Bonner is disappointed that the Mayo Donegal match isn’t on free-to-air.

    The Ulster champion’s boss hit out at Sky having exclusive coverage of the game in MacHale Park, describing the deal as a ‘bone of contention’ for the GAA.

    Bonner made note of the low viewership Sky GAA games have had in the past few weeks, with the Donegal/Meath game getting less than 2,000 views in the UK.

    The former All-Ireland winner lamented patients in nursing homes and hospitals, who are unable to watch the game on Saturday evening.

    The Mayo vs Donegal game throws-in at 6pm on Saturday and we’ll have live coverage on Midwest Radio Sport.

  • Sligo

    U16 B championship

    Eastern Harps    4 - 16    2 – 4    St John's

    U-16 C Championship RD - 5

    St Patrick's  2 - 8    7 – 11   Castleconnor

    U-16 C Championship RD - 5

    Calry/St Joseph's    3 - 13    2 – 2    Coolaney/Mullinabreena

    U-16 A Championship RD - 1/4 Final

    Ballymote/Bunninadden   1 - 9    3 – 15    St Molaise Gaels

    U-16 B Championship RD - 5

    CooleraStrandhill    2 - 12    0 – 10   Shamrock Gaels

  • Sligo LGFA launches fundraising initiative ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary this Saturday in Nowlan Park.

    1st prize is two tickets to the All-Ireland men's football final with overnight accommodation, second prize is a family ticket to the ladies All-Ireland finals in Croke Park, third prize two tickets to the ladies All-Ireland finals and 4th prize is a voucher for the Bush hotel Carrick on Shannon.

    Tickets can be purchased from any senior player, the county board executive and all clubs for €5 per line.

  • Sligo Rovers U19 side travel to Ballybofey this evening to take on Finn Harps in Finn Park at 7:45pm

    Brian Dorrian’s side progressed to the Enda McGuill Cup semi final last Saturday with a 3-2 win over Cabinteely at The Showgrounds, and now face two games against North West neighbours Harps in the next four days.

    Rovers will most likely have to plan without Niall Morahan & Luke McNicholas who continue to be involved in the first team squad, and may be involved in Friday night’s cup match in Dublin.

    The home side are in fourth position in the table and will be looking to maintain their spot in the top four and qualify for the quarter finals.

    The sides meet again this Sunday at The Sean Fallon Centre at 2pm.

  • A Sligo Rovers player is named in the Ireland U19 squad to take on the Czech Republic tomorrow evening.

     Niall Morahan is named in the panel to take on the central European team in the final game of group B in the UEFA European U19 championships.

    The 19-year-old midfielder played three games for Rovers last season and is yet to feature for the Ireland team in their European campaign.

    The game kicks off at 6pm tomorrow evening and is live on RTE 2.

  • Sligo Rovers gain Accrington Stanley midfielder Niall Watson on loan until the end of the season, while Liam Kerrigan heads for UCD.

     

    19-year-old Watson makes the temporary switch — subject to international clearance — to the Rovers from the English League One side after impressing in a friendly at the Showgrounds.

     

    Meanwhile Kerrigan heads to UCD Kerrigan after graduating from the Rovers U17 set-up to the first team.  

     

    He made 17 appearances for the Sligo Rovers senior team.

     

    The Bit-O-Red team will face Bohemians in the Showgrounds at 8 o’clock on Saturday.

  • Sligo Rovers will face a bolstered Bohs side at 8 o’clock on Saturday in the Showgrounds.

    Bohemians have added some much-needed firepower as they continue their push for Europe.

    Keith Long's side are without top scorer Dinny Corcoran due to a long-term injury.

    West Brom academy graduate Andre Wright has signed for the Gypsies having impressed in their recent friendly draw with Chelsea.

    Bohs sit third in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division following yesterday's 3-nil win at home to St. Pat's.

  • Sligo University Hospital has launched a new app to help children prepare for surgery, and reduce their anxiety before having to stay in hospital.

    The "Little Journey" virtual reality app provides 360-degree views of all the areas children will visit in the hospital, as well useful information about anaesthetics.

    Hospital management say it's designed to prepare children and their parents for surgery, and ease their anxiety.

    The checklists included will also help families to prepare, in advance of a hospital stay.

    Sligo is the first hospital in Ireland to introduce such an app for children, which is already in use in a number of other countries.

    The Little Journey app is free to download.

  • Sligo woman Geraldine Lynch has been named the county’s Local Hero by Sligo Retail Park for her work in championing the plight of people with invisible disabilities at Ireland West Airport, Knock.

    Geraldine, whose mission is to eliminate stigma and discrimination for those with invisible disabilities, topped the search for Sligo’s most deserving community worker.

    Sligo Retail Park’s asset manager Sigma Retail Partners launched the Local Heroes competition as part of their 2019 ‘Do Well by Doing Good’ corporate responsibility programme.

    And Geraldine was adjudged the most deserving of the award for her campaign at Ireland West Airport, Knock, to ensure accessible toilet signage highlighting that not every disability is visible.

    She has now received a prize of €1,000 from Sligo Retail Park towards her work.

  • The south Mayo village of Shrule is “damned with dereliction”, but it’s not the only village or town in the county with the problem, according to Ballinrobe based Fine Gael councillor Michael Burke.

    The councillor made the remark at this week’s monthly meeting of the Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District where he called on government to introduce an incentive that might at least begin to address the problem.

    He said dereliction is a problem in Shrule, Kilmaine, Ballinrobe and Cong and he believes the only way it will be addressed is, if an owner occupier can purchase a derelict property and then be given a write down/ tax credit over 15 to 20 years to live in the property.

     

  • A group of Spanish students perform The Green and Red of Mayo on flight from Knock to Barcelona-Girona airport.

    The students spontaneously broke into a rendition of The Saw Doctor's song on this morning’s flight to the Spanish city.

    Ireland West Airport posted a video from the flight on their twitter account this afternoon, saying the Mayo GAA Spanish supporter's club will be busy this weekend.

  • An attempt to shake up the structure of the Audit committee on Mayo county council failed to get enough support from councillors, at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn had sought to make a number of changes to the make-up and operation of the committee, as he sees the present structure as outdated, costly and  lacking in gender balance.

    But the 5 member Audit Committee of Mayo County Council, the group that oversees the local authority’s finances remains as it was,  made up of 3 external members and 2 elected councillors, all five receiving the maximum remuneration for their input, despite the strain at present on the local authority’s finances.

    Councillor Flynn’s motion to change the structure was lost on a vote of 16 against changes and 14 for the proposed shake-up.

  • The control of the beef sector is in the hands of too few and needs more competition – that’s the view of Supermac’s head, Pat McDonagh.

    As reported by the Irish Independent, Galway man Pat McDonagh, whose restaurant chain buys around 30,000 tonnes of Irish meat every week, said there are too few in charge of the beef sector.

    Talks between farming organisations and the meat factories are set to resume on Monday and Mr McDonagh called on farmers to get more control of their destiny.

    Some factories have cut the price offered to €3.45 per killogramme, with farmers saying they need at least €4 to break even.

    The Supermac’s head said current beef prices are not all about Brexit or sterling weakness, but about factories’ margins.

    The continuing talks between the farming organisations and meat processors come after the Beef Plan Movement called off a two-week protest outside meat factories, including Dawn Meats Ballyhaunis.

    The Beef Plan Movement has called for a ‘fair share of the retail margin.’

  • It was another very successful weekend for Swinford Athlete Michaela Walsh, winning her 7th All-Ireland Senior Title.

    The 20-year-old moved up the ranks yet again to claim two All-Ireland Senior Titles in both Hammer and Shot putt, at The National Senior Athletics Outdoor Championships, in Dublin over the  weekend.

    Just 3 weeks ago she won quadruple gold at the under 23 athletic outdoor championships in Tullamore, winning four All-Ireland titles in Hammer, shot putt, Javelin and weight for distance.

  • Three Sligo Rovers players have been called into the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 17 squad for a double header against Belgium.

     

    Manorhamilton’s Muireann Devaney, Swinford’s Emer O’Neill and Grange’s Sarah Kiernan have all been named in the squad that will travel to Brussels from August 8th until August 14th for the double header friendly.

     

    It is the first time that Kiernan has been called into a Republic of Ireland squad.

     

    Emer O'Neill had been named in the stand-by list, but received the news that she had been called into the squad shortly after the initial announcement.

  • Ted Webb Results Friday the 30th August

    Knockout Cup Final

    Mayo NS(1-11)v(0-8)Galway

    Knockout Shield Final

    Galway CW(2-13)v(2-10)Mayo EW

    Plate Final

    Roscommon(1-5)v(0-15)Sligo

  • Tedd Webb Academy Day 16th August results

    Group 1

    Sligo 0-10     Galway CW 1-7

    Galway Blue 2-2      Mayo EW 1-15

    Galway CW 0-9       Mayo EW 1-5

    Sligo 3-9         Galway Blue 0-5

     

    Group 2

    Mayo NS    4-7    Leitrim 0-5

    Roscommon 1-3    Galway North 0-10

    Galway North 2-5     Mayo NS  3-10

    Leitrim 0-9     Roscommon 2-10